It's a Good Day to Hustle!
We checked the calendar and it’s time to reclaim “ambition.” We’re done with “ambitious” being a code-word for nasty thoughts like, “she really values her own dreams,” and “he made a creative and realistic plan to make a better life,” and “they worked really hard and asked to be rewarded for their achievements,” and—wait a sec. Those things all sound pretty good. Inspiring, even.
Ambition isn’t a four-letter word.
Think of those tales of people who not only dreamt a butt-kicking, glass-ceiling-shattering, cover-of-the-alumni-magazine-making dream, but figured out a way to make it happen. So, why does being ambitious come with so much baggage? And why do some people fling it around like a four-letter word?
What was your original ambition?
As kids we had ambitions (Mars astronaut! Candy tester! World-famous bug-scientist! Toy inventor!), but as adults we just become awesome at making excuses for pushing our true ambitions aside. Being ambitious means giving yourself permission to ask for more, then pursuing it and casting off anyone else’s restrictions on how high you can fly.
Make your own definition of ambition.
It ought to be one that makes you feel sparkly and fired-up and at least a little bit intimidated by the hard work ahead. When the outside world notices, they’re going to have something to say about this ambitiousness of yours. They might think you’re crazy. Your friends may notice you’re not meeting them for drinks as often any more. Your partner-in-crime may notice you spend extra hours at your desk when you used to get in on a Netflix binge.
It’s going to be hard for those who aren’t used to seeing the sparkle and the sweat. But you know ambition is good for you.
Go sweat. Go sparkle.